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Ovarian Cancer


Ovarian cancer may occur in one or both of the ovaries. The ovaries are a pair of small, almond-sized organs in the lower abdomen. Ovaries produce eggs and hormones, such as estrogen and progesterone. These hormones are important in helping the body work correctly.



  • Antinausea medicine: This medicine may be given to calm your stomach and prevent vomiting.
  • Pain medicine: You may be given a prescription medicine to decrease pain. Do not wait until the pain is severe before you take this medicine.
  • Take your medicine as directed. Call your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Follow up with your oncologist as directed:

You may need to return for more treatment. You may also need blood tests or other tests. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Weigh yourself daily:

Weigh yourself in the morning, before breakfast. Weight gain can be a sign of extra fluid in your body. Call your oncologist if you gain at least 2 pounds in a day.

Contact your oncologist if:

  • You have a fever.
  • Your pain is worse or does not go away after you take your pain medicine.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Return to the emergency department if:

  • You vomit multiple times and cannot keep any food or liquids down.
  • Your arm or leg feels warm, tender, and painful. It may look swollen and red.
  • You suddenly feel lightheaded and short of breath.
  • You have chest pain when you take a deep breath or cough. You may cough up blood.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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